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Bill Lacy and Joseph Westphal (photo by Kaye McIntyre)

This week on KPR Presents: political instability in Saudi Arabia, the role of diplomacy, and the future of the Middle East, with former U.S. ambassador Joseph Westphal.

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Increases in prescription medication abuse and a rise in heroin overdose deaths have led to higher mortality rates in rural working-age adults

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Check out these Kansas news headlines from the Associated Press, as compiled by the crack KPR news team.

Tennis pro and Blue Valley North High School alumnus Jack Sock (File photo)

Tennis pro and Kansas City area native Jack Sock continues to do well at the ATP World Tour Finals in London.

Dan Barwick, president of Independence Community College, cautioned the Board that the federal tax overhaul could make community college much more expensive for Kansas students. 

Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins speaking in 2014. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

All four Kansas House Republicans voted in favor of the bill.

Shawnee County Election Commissioner Andrew Howell at the meeting where local officials certified the election results. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

Voter turnout jumped in much of Kansas after the switch.

Kansas Statehouse (Photo by J. Schafer)

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback wants to make changes to KanCare, the state's privatized Medicaid program.  Some lawmakers are trying to prevent that.   

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Check out the latest Kansas news from the Associated Press, as compiled by highly-trained KPR news staffers.

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